Open letter: Solidarity with Aisling Gallagher!

We, the undersigned, believe that Queen’s University Belfast Student Union’s treatment of Aisling Gallagher is misogynistic, undemocratic and authoritarian.

Aisling has been banned from attending all NUS events, including NUS-USI (Union of Students Ireland) and NUS liberation events as a QUBSU delegate for voting pro-choice on a motion at USI national conference, when ordered by her union to remain ‘neutral’.

Aisling’s ban is unconstitutional; it contradicts NUS electoral policy which states that all elections must be fair and open to students regardless of politics. QUBSU has no formal punishment outlined for delegates who contradict union policy, and we believe that the punishment is disproportionately severe.

The top-down nature of the ban, instigated by the President is oppressive. Jason O’Neill is responsible for the silencing of political dissent, he is explicitly exercising his power to stop women like Aisling fighting for their right to choose what happens with their bodies.

We believe that the right to choose is not up for negotiation, and we reject any attempt to silence a woman as she fights for her right to a free, legal and safe abortion. No student should be banned from democratic participation for exercising their democratic rights.

You can help Aisling in the following ways:

Send solidarity to Aisling who can be contacted on [email protected] and @twoshadesofhope. We also urge you to contact QUBSU’s President Jason O’Neill and tell him that his sexist actions will not be tolerated.

Jason O’Neill:

Tel: 02890973106

Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @JasonONeill1

You can also pass this motion (written by students at Warwick University) through your student union.

The Union Notes:

  1. That on Monday, 25th March 2013, at the Annual Congress of the Union of Students’ In Ireland, Aisling Gallagher, voted for the motion “Engaging with the Abortion Rights Campaign”.
  2. That on Tuesday 26th March 2013, at the Annual Congress of the Union of Students’ In Ireland, Aisling Gallagher, voted for the motion “Crisis Pregnancy Agencies”.
  3. That Gallagher’s delegate status at the Congress was subsequently removed.
  4. That Aisling Gallagher was a delegate of Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union (QUBSU).
  5. That QUBSU has policy to remain neutral on the subject of abortion.
  6. That on Tuesday 7th May 2013 the Annual Business Meeting (ABM) of QUBSU voted to “debar Ms Gallagher from attending any conference organised by a national union as a QUB SU delegate for the 2013-14 Academic Year.”
  7. The constitution of QUBSU, and in particular: The combination of Rule 2 10.8 (which says that delegate elections will held in the same manner as elections for the Executive Management Committee); Rule 2 10.4 (which says that nominations for delegate elections are like those for EMC); and Rule 2 9.6.1 (which says that anyone can run in an election for EMC) Chapter 1 8.2 (which says the government of the Union shall be based on the democratic principle that every ordinary member shall have the fullest opportunity to participate in Union affairs) Rule 10 2.2.4 which says that political belief is a protected characteristic under their Equality and Diversity Policy. Chapter 1 3.2, 3.9.3 and 3.9.4 which states the Aims of QUBSU as supporting equality of opportunity; freedom to participate in Union Elections; and the freedom of expression.

The Union Believes:

  1. That the vote at the ABM was illegitimate, since it goes against the Rules, Aims, Government and Structure of QUBSU.
  2. That every member of a Students’ Union should be able to stand in an election they are eligible for.
  3. That removing the ability to stand in an election is not an appropriate or democratic way to discipline someone for voting against SU policy.

The Union Resolves:

  1. To mandate the President and the Democracy and Development Officer to write an open letter to President and Director of QUBSU expressing our concern about the legitimacy of this decision and our support for Aisling Gallagher in this matter.
  2. To support Aisling Gallagher in the appeals process where appropriate.

Signed,

  • Naomi Beecroft, NCAFC women’s committee and national committee.
  • Edmund Schluessel, NUS NEC-elect & NCAFC NC
  • Ben Towse, UCLU Postgraduate Students’ Officer-elect & UCL UCU Exec Ctte
  • Lucy Jane Drummond – Women’s Officer, University of Stirling SU – NCAFC Scotland NEC – NUS National Women’s Committee & NUS Scotland Women’s Committee
  • Chris Walter, NCAFC Alba LGBTQ+ Rep (Trans* Place)
  • Richard Gough
  • Rob Abrams, Part-time Ethics Officer, Swansea University Students’ Union
  • Michael Chessum, NUS NEC
  • Arianna Tassinari, NUS International Students Campaign 2nd place NEC-elect
  • Nadia – Disabled Students Officer/ VP Societies and Activities at EUSA
  • Andy Irwin (Keele Postgraduate Association President, Keele University)
  • Sam Morecroft – NUS PG Committee Elect
  • Vijay Jackson, Vice President – Welfare, Sussex Coast College Hastings
  • Beti Scott, Equal Opportunities and Liberation Officer EUSA
  • Flora Cantacuzino Levy  / Vice President Edinburgh Jewish Society
  • Audrey Jordan, University of the Arts SU
  • Kara Stubbs Kent Union LGBT officer (women’s place)
  • Jack McGinn – Postgraduate External Affairs, EUSA
  • Tim Rouse
  • Hattie Craig VP Education (Elect) Birmingham Guild of Students
  • Miguel Costa Matos – UG Social Sciences Faculty Rep Elect, Warwick SU
  • Adam McGibbon, QUBSU Vice President Welfare and NUS-USI Regional Council, 2010-12
  • Barbara Muldoon QUB & P Drinan Solicitors
  • Jaime Starr NUS Disabled Students Committee LGBT Place
  • Hannah Webb – External Affairs and Campaigns elect UCLU, ULU Community and Housing
  • Shelly Asquith, President-Elect, University of the Arts SU
  • Conor Ryan – Policy and Democracy officer, University of Strathclyde Student Association
  • Joe Kelly
  • Yolly Chegwidden, co-LGBTUA+ Officer, Warwick SU and NUS LGBT Committee elect
  • Chris Geddis, Former NUS USI LGBT Officer
  • Chris Page, Welfare & Rights Officer (Cambridge University Students Union)
  • Kylie Noble, QUBSU student
  • Danielle Roberts, QUB alumnus, UUJ post graduate student
  • Emma Toner, SDLP Youth & QUBSU student
  • Ioana Cerasella Chis, University of Birmingham student
  • Tyler McNally, QUBSU Campaigns & Communications committee (Personal capacity)
  • Simon Furse NCAFC NC Birmingham Guild Vice President Education
  • Liam McNulty, Unison
  • Max Crema, Edinburgh University Students’ Association Vice President Services
  • Martin Nickolay-Blake, Unite Rep, IWW
  •  James McAsh, Edinburgh University Students’ Association President and NUS National Executive Council elect
  • Maham Hashmi, SOAS SU International Student Officer
  • Jack Saffery-Rowe, Royal Holloway LGBT+ officer-elect, NCAFC LGBTQ rep (open place)
  • Luke Frost, UCA Students’ Union, Maidstone Campus Officer
  • Rosie Huzzard NCAFC NC and NUS NEC Elect
  • Andrew Tindall, NCAFC NC (Wales)
  • Max Crema,  Vice-President Edinburgh University Students Association
  • Susuana Antubam, ULU Women’s Officer – elect, NUS Women’s Commitee – elect.
  • Sarah Moffat, Edinburgh University Students’ Association Women’s Liberation Convener, NUS Scotland Women’s Committee
  • Hannah Louise Wright, NCAFC SC Women’s Ctte, Shared Disabled place.
  • Daniel Cooper Vice President University of London Union
  • Sean Farmelo Community Action Officer, Birmingham
  • Roshni Joshi NCAFC NC, NUS NEC
  • Lucy Eskell – Edinburgh external campaigns rep
  • Matthew Reuben, NCAFC NC (disabled rep)
  • Tom Meadowcroft, Councillor Staffordshire SU
  • Mae Rohani – Women’s Officer elect University of Birmingham
  • Roz Burgin CAO-elect University of Birmingham
  • Matthew Smith, President, Ruskin College Students’
    Union.
  • Steven Pettitt – Student, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Paul Smyth LLM QUB (1998)
  • Alice Swift Ethical and Environmental Officer Birmingham Guild
  • Tom Wragg Vice President Democracy and Resources (elect) Birmingham Guild
  • Rosie Booth Women’s Officer University of Birmingham Guild of Students
  • Beth Redmond NCAFC NC
  • Ed Maltby NCAFC NC
  • Luke Durigan NCAFC NC
  • Aidan Turner, Secretary, Glasgow University Labour Club
  • Annabel Jones, NUS Women’s Committee, Birkbeck Students’ Union Chair
  • Shauneen Conlon – President of QUB FemSoc
  • Chris Murray – NUSUSI Disabled Students Officer 2013-2014
  • Hamish Yewdall Lay Student Councillor (elect) Nortumbria Students Union
  • Kelly McBride, President. University of Sussex Students’ Union
  • Alannah Ainslie, Aberdeen University, Working Class Officer
  • Chloe Minish, QUBSU Student Council 2010 – 2013
  • Roisin Jackman, QUBSU
  • Niamh Devereux, President-Elect, IADT SU, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

USI Congress 2013 – Report from Aisling Gallagher, NUS USI Women’s Officer

NCAFC are republishing this statement and report from USI Congress, by Aisling Gallagher, NUS USI Women’s Officer

[Read more…]

Daily Transphobic Fail

Daily Failings

By Thais Yanez, NCAFC LGBTQ+ Officer, Trans* Place

 

The death of Ms. Lucy Meadows is not just another statistic or tragedy we have to protest against, it is the result of a campaign of bullying and discrediting led by the Daily Mail and Richard Littlejohn who would have Transgender people like Lucy disappear quietly and move away from their neighbourhoods. According to the columnist Lucy Meadows was “not only in the wrong body… he’s in the wrong job”

In addition to the constant hateful reference to Lucy as a ‘he’ (as though if he said it enough ‘she’ would go away indeed), no attention was paid to her record as a teacher or the fact that parents, pupils and colleagues might have been supportive of her decision to transition. Littlejoh is in fact the actual man in totally the wrong job as he has dismissed his duty to truth and investigative journalism and used his column to spread his personal views which are fiull of hatred, bigotry and transphobia.

Last year we in the Trans* community had to mourn 267 of our sisters and brothers lost to transphobic hate crime which was largely ignored by the media. And that is the ones we know. Suicides seldom go reported as transphobia. We are in constant mourning as a community but it is ther families and friends whose lives have been shattered and whose loss we feel and we send our most heartfelt sympathy.

It is said there is no clear link between Lucy’s death and Littlejohn’s article of media coverage but the Guardian reports activists in the Trans* community received e mails from Meadows complaining about the stress she felt after her private and difficult transition became national news thanks to the Daily Mail. A heretofore competent teacher was portrayed in the triggering article as a ‘selfish’ ‘man’ who should have had “ the operation and then return to work as ‘Miss Meadows’ at another school on the other side of town” . Like if it would have been so easy to find another job. Unemployment in the Trans* community is high and thanks to bigotry like this is likely to remain so.

The Trans* people who go through with transitioning will testify how the process is not only stressful and lengthy but invasive and even dehumanising, as well,  as they are pathologised. Littlejohn hismself asserts he is ok with ‘sex changes as long as they are a medical necessity’. Thanks, then.  Trans* people are forced to justify their very existence to professionals that have never gone through anything alike. As queer/non binary person I can only imagine and sympathise with sisters and brothers who are put through this but I would not attampt to describe their feelings and experiences.

And like if this wasn’t enough Littlejohn patronisingly implies that children, who still believe in Father Christmas, he says, are too dumb to understand gender identity. I wonder if he would have them being brought up with his transphobic values instead, if they are not too young to be taught hatred and discrimination. Why does not safeguarding of children extends to the very paper on which he writes whose page 3 shows these children half naked women and teaches them thus that women can be objectified and exploited? Why does he not safeguard children from prejudice and intolerance that destroy lives?

His false cries for freedom of speech should not be louder than ours for freedom to exist.

Bigots don’t seem to realise they are harming children to the point of it being abusive by raising them up to hate others and have total disregard for other people’s rights. Why doesn’t Littlejohn complain about EDL members raising children. Why did not he show outrage when the French right wing Le Marif per tous held a rally in Trafalgar square to protests agains equal marriage on 24th of March and the dozens of children as young as three shouting against LGBTQ people getting equal rights. This group, which is banned in France, did not catch the attention of Littlejohn who seems to be only in the lookout for someone to bully to death. And he found Lucy. Rest in Peace, Miss Meadows.

e, Miss Meadows.

PROTEST Transphobia!!

TPOWERLast Wednesday 22nd of February our sister Ms. Dos Santos was victimised and mocked by police officers claiming she was ‘not normal’. When is this going to end? We face transphobia eevryday even from those who are ment to be there to protect us. If not even an allegedly LGBTQ friendly space like SOHO is safe equality and Liberation are far far away!

 

This protest is not only about or by or for Trans* people but everyone! It starts like this! 267 sisters and brothers in our community were murdered last year around the world and that is only the ones we know about! Most of them In Brazil. It was distressing and upsetting for us to read or hear their names in Transgender Day of Rememberence last November.

This is about basic Human Rights and the freedom to exist and lead meaningful lives. Martin Luther King said he had a dream: that his four children were “one day be judged not by the color of their skin but bybut by the content of their character” We have that dream too! We are thousands and we do not wish to be judged, victimised, taunted, mocked or killed.

According to witnesses, as reported by the Independanet (which nevertheless named HER with a man’s name) Ms Dos Santos ” had her wig ripped from her head, her handbag and purse literally emptied out on the road, so her personal belongings were damaged and scattered around her” she was then told to be ‘normal’. I do not want to know what our sister has gone through before, but a country like  UK which claims to be accepting is appaling as it fails to protect its residents from attacks some of us have fled from.

 

Join the PROTEST TRANSPHOBIA PROTEST at Charing Cross Station to actively resist discrimination, victimisation and prejudice. RESIST TRANSPHOBIA! Let’s make sure it won’t happen againg. EVER! LIBERATION, INTERNATIONALISM, ANTI RACISM AND AN END TO TRANSPHIC ATTACKS!!!

 

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Statement by members of NCAFC Women’s Committee on the behaviour of Fiona Edwards at NCAFC Conference

The following is a statement from members of the NCAFC Women’s Committee on the behaviour of Committee member Fiona Edwards at NCAFC Conference (Liverpool, 28-28 January). [Read more…]

NCAFC Women: Day of Student Action Against Cuts to Women’s Services

NCAFC WOmenFriday 25th November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts (NCAFC) Women’s group, alongside the National Union of Students (NUS) Women’s Campaign, is calling for a day of student action against cuts to women’s services, particularly violence prevention services like women’s refuges.

However, under the government’s austerity measures, many of the cuts will affect women’s liberation in a massive way. This ranges from cuts and reforms to benefits (single parents, mostly women, stand to lose the most – 18 per cent of their total income); to cuts in nursery and nursing home provision (the burden of this care will mostly fall on women); and the one hundred per cent cuts to humanities teaching budget in HE (subjects mostly taught by women).

We are asking women’s groups and anti-cuts activists to take part in this action to raise awareness, and campaign against these cuts, that harm women and increase the risk of violence.

So, what to campaign on?

Local cuts to women’s refuges and outreach services; rape crisis centres; nurseries, etc.

On campus cuts to courses; nurseries; jobs; pastoral services, etc.

How to campaign?

Spread the word by holding demonstrations; occupations; leafleting; petitioning, etc. Raise awareness in whatever means is most appropriate within your local area or group.

Demands:

  • Attacks on public services are attacks women’s liberation
  • Stop the cuts; tax the rich to pay for services
  • For universal access to refuges and outreach services; stop cuts to these services
  • For women’s services including rape crisis centres and refuges in every local authority
  • For flexible, free and universal nursery provision; stop cuts to these services on campus and off
  • For flexible, free and universal education for women in FE and HE; stop cuts in education and reintroduce grants

N.B. If you would like to take part in this action please let us know, send in reports, and we’ll add them to the NCAFC Women’s webpage.

We’ll also be researching where cuts are taking place across the country, let us know if you need our help to source women’s services cuts in your local area.

Contact Jade Baker of NUS Women’s Committee at [email protected]
or Aimee Kent-Payne, NCAFC Women’s Officer at [email protected]

Information on Domestic Violence:

Half of all women who are victims of domestic violence will no longer qualify for legal aid under government proposals, according to charity Domestic Violence Intervention Project. The Women’s Insitute has warned more women living in abusive relationships will be killed or driven to suicide if the government pushes through planned cuts to legal aid …. the evidence is clear, women are bearing the brunt of cuts: Do something about it: take part in our Day of Action on the 25th November.

It’s estimated that around one in four women suffer from some form of Domestic Violence in their lifetime, and yet, for such a large proportion of the population, only one in four local authorities has any women’s specific services.

This year alone the rate of sexual crimes has increased in London alone by 25 per cent and it’d known that in time of societal and economic crisis, not only are women hit the hardest by financial and domestic burdens, but they are subject to increased violence too.

Taking this all in, it is absolutely absurd that this government would cut back on provision from DV services, by 50 to 100 per cent in some cases, when they are needed more than ever.

In the same instance, Black, Minority and ethnic (BME) women’s DV services are dropping like flies due to government attempts to “streamline” women’s services. A report published in 2007 ‘Commission on Integration and Cohesion’ stated specialised funding, for particular ethnic or religious groups fosters “ a sense of separation” and is “a hangover from old identity politics”. They believe that the way to achieve “cohesion” is to create, run of the mill, generalised services.

Yet, this fails to take into account the unequal social, economic and cultural context that make it difficult or impossible for BME women to access services. Professor Amrit Wilson, of Imkaan says: “BME women in generic refuges often face racism from other clients or staff and their cultural needs are not met.”

The landscape of DV service cuts, like refuge and outreach support, looks like this:

Refuges, a vital lifeline and safe haven for women and children, have already shut down and faced cuts in Weymouth, Croydon and the Isle of Wight.

Further to this, DV services across a plethora of local authorities have been told, or are already facing, cuts of 50 to 100 per cent. These are in Devon, Hull, North Somerset, Nottinghamshire (who have one of the highest rates of DV) and London. Bradford, Burnley, Essex and Newcastle have been told they’re under threat too.

Women’s Aid has found out that more than a third (37 per cent) of services say they will close or either face risk of closure. It also found out that a further third of services had been given no information about future funding at all.

Moving to specialised services; in 2008 only 40 of 4000 refuge support services were dedicated to BME women, including 28 Asian refuges. An Imkaan report, ‘A right to Exist’, revealed that at least seven BME providers had been taken over by larger providers.

To top all this off, the report ‘End Violence Against Women’, found that fewer than one in ten councils had specialised services for BME women to deal with issues such as forced marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence.

The future for women’s liberation looks very bleak; hundreds of women will now be subject to violence and not have anywhere to turn. DV service availability will drastically drop due to cuts, hoards of jobs will go in this area too, and the quality of the service will suffer.

Violence against women will as a consequence become more endemic than it already is. Women students are not, and will not, be exempt from this

The NUS Women’s Campaign lunched the Hidden Marks survey and found that 1 in 7 women students had been the victim of serious sexual or physical assault, and only ten per cent of women who had been seriously sexually assaulted, reported it.

Integral to the fight against domestic violence towards women, is raising awareness and creating hard hitting campaigns in institutions such as our universities and colleges.

“Feminism: back by popular demand”

After weeks of debate and controversy about the politics of Slutwalk the London march on 11 June was positive and full of a feeling of solidarity. The crowd of 5,000, marching through London shouting “Whatever we wear, wherever we go; yes means yes and no means no!”, was diverse: people of all sexualities and genders, not overwhelmingly white (which had been a particular concern). It was, however, mainly a demonstration of youth!

In contrast to movements like Reclaim the Night – men, transgender people and sex workers’ organisations were not only “allowed in” but actively invited. Two NCAFC women spoke to Irish sex worker-led campaign Turn Off The Blue Light who said the Slutwalk organisers had called and asked them to come to London — “We would like to thank Slutwalk London…all too often sex workers are excluded in society”.

Speakers at the end of the march included representatives from Black Women’s Rape Action Project, Gender Action for Peace and Security and the English Collective of Prostitutes who received a good reception from the crowd when they advocated complete decriminalisation of sex work.

With others from anti-cuts groups including Westminster Women and Royal Holloway Feminism Society, NCAFC Women stood in solidarity with the message that that rape is about power not sex: we need to challenge the routine placing of sexual violence alongside the diversionary and offensive idea that men “just can’t resist” a woman in a short skirt.

We also highlighted that we need campaigns to defend and extend women’s services, sex education and the social provision to make liberation a reality. Our placards read “stop shutting safe havens for women and children”; “equality for women”; “a rape crisis centre in every town”. We also had an NCAFC Women banner highlighting that over 50% of women’s services face closure.

The left was there but the majority of banners and placards were homemade. Organised by university undergraduates and college students, Slutwalk motivated many younger women to get involved – new to activism and feminism but eager to make their voices heard and declare their right to dress and behave how they like without being attacked or blamed.

Politically Slutwalk remains broad and difficult to define —this could be a good thing but it also needs continued discussion. Feminist activist group, Feminist Fightback distributed a leaflet on the day highlighting a key debating point — how do we move on from “subverting” “slut” to a fuller anti-capitalist feminist politics about violence against women.

Organisers in Toronto have already begun to plan another march for next year and London organisers are establishing a “Slut means speak up” campaign around various issues. Their first action is a petition on the fact that 90% of rapes go unreported, and only 6.7% of those result in conviction.

What will Slutwalk become? Where will it go from here? We don’t know, but a 5,000 strong march is a good starting place: as one placard put it, “feminism: back by popular demand!”

Photos here please upload more and share experiences from Slutwalks around the UK!

NCAFC Women Fighting Against Cuts @ Slutwalk London, 11 June

NCAFC Women will be marching against cuts to vital women’s services this Saturday 11 June at Slutwalk London.

“Whatever we wear, wherever we go, yes means yes and no means no” – no person should ever be subject to rape, sexual, physical or emotional abuse or other assault.

We’ll also be marching against the Tory attack on our  welfare state, jobs and public services. Not only will women be hardest hit by the cuts, this is an attack on our liberation:

• The “Big Society” is Tory-speak for pushing women back into the home where their work goes un-valued, un-waged and un-supported

•Vital women’s services like Rape Crisis Centres and refuges for people experiencing domestic abuse will be cut, alongside cuts to sexual and reproductive services, benefits, libraries and education

These cuts, coupled with the sexist attitudes encapsulated by the Toronto policeman who sparked the SlutWalk marches, by telling a group of students to avoid being raped “women should avoid dressing like sluts,” work against women’s fight for liberation symbiotically.

We’re calling on other feminist, trade union and women’s anti-cuts groups to join and form an anti-cuts contingent on the march.

Bring banners, bring anger, bring feminist solidarity! All genders, sexes and ages welcome.

Slutwalk London Saturday 11 June, 13:00

Meet at the top of piccadilly, near the Hard Rock Cafe

For more info check facebook, [email protected] or call Jade on 07595738396

Slutwalk discussion and banner making @ Feminist Library London, Thursday 9 June 18:30

As NCAFC Women prepare for our Fighting Against Cuts contingent at the London Slutwalk, this Saturday 11 June, we’ll be taking part in this discussion at the London Feminist Library on Thursday, which follows on from the useful discussion organised on Wednesday 1 June by Feminist Fightback.

There will also be a banner making workshop after discussion – bring materials!

Feminist Library, 5 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7XW closes tube Lambeth North on the bakerloo line.

09 June, 18:30-21:30

If lost or for more info call Esther 07883520852

NCAFC Women’s caucus at national conference

Alongside a successful and reinvigorating national conference on Saturday, NCAFC Women held a caucus where we discussed how we can build women’s involvement and participation in the campaign more broadly and our first action – taking the anti-cuts message to Slutwalk!

  • NCAFC Women at national conference

As the campaign voted to create national structures five women were elected to the national steering committee:

Claire Locke, London Met president-elect

Eshe Asante, London Met

Alice Swift, Birmingham

Clare Lister, Birmingham

Jade Baker, Westminster, NUS Women’s Committee

This is brilliant news and an important first step to increasing women’s representation in NCAFC. (Thanks also to Edinburgh who raised the question of women’s representation with an amendment to the national structures motion calling for at least five women to be elected to the committee).

We need to look now at how we can increase women’s participation in the broader campaign, and make our voice heard. Our discussions in the caucus also highlighted the need to look at how accessible, inclusive and representative NCAFC is generally of oppressed groups and how we can work across the campaign to improve this.

  • Where next for NCAFC Women?

Please join discussion on our email list or contact Esther on [email protected] / 07883520852 to be added

and on our facebook page.

Alongside increasing the involvement of women and other oppressed groups in NCAFC we’d like to start to build links with other feminist, and women’s anti-cuts groups nationally – organise meetings and skills shares.

Slutwalk: We’d like to share information about if people are planning to attend a Slutwalk march, and if so which one so we can link up and go together. We’ve made a start organising an anti-cuts contingent on the London march, 11 June (everyone welcome) but it would be great to do this on other marches too. We’re calling on other anti-cuts, feminist and women’s groups to join us on this contingent.